Parallel Verses

Darby Translation

According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of his creatures.

New American Standard Bible

In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

King James Version

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Holman Bible

By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.

International Standard Version

In accordance with his will he made us his children by the word of truth, so that we might become the most important of his creatures.

A Conservative Version

Having deliberated, he begot us by the word of truth for us to be a certain first fruit of his creatures.

American Standard Version

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Amplified

And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself].

An Understandable Version

It was God's purpose to bring us into being [spiritually] by the message of truth, so that we could become a kind of "firstfruits" of those He created. [Note: "Firstfruits" here suggests either that Christians are the best of all of God's creatures (Num. 18:12), or that they were the first to be converted, with many more to come].

Anderson New Testament

Of his own will, he begot us with the word of truth, in order that we might be, as it were, the first-fruits of his creatures.

Bible in Basic English

Of his purpose he gave us being, by his true word, so that we might be, in a sense, the first-fruits of all the things which he had made.

Common New Testament

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Daniel Mace New Testament

'tis he that has voluntarily renew'd us by the oracles of truth, that we might be the first converts of the new creation.

Godbey New Testament

Of his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be some first fruit of his creations.

Goodspeed New Testament

Of his own accord he brought us into being through the message of truth, so that we might be a kind of first-fruits among his creatures.

John Wesley New Testament

Of his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

He, of his own will, has begotten us with the word of truth, that we should be the firstfruits of his creatures.

Julia Smith Translation

Having willed he brought forth by the word of truth, for us to be some first fruit of his creatures.

King James 2000

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[By his] will he gave birth to us through the message of truth, so that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Modern King James verseion

Of His own will He brought us forth with the Word of truth, for us to be a certain firstfruit of His creatures.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Of his own will begat he us with the word of life, that we should be the first fruits of his creatures.

Moffatt New Testament

It was his own will that we should be born by the Word of the truth, to be a kind of firstfruits among his creatures.

Montgomery New Testament

Because he willed, he gave us birth through the word of truth, so that we should be a kind of first-fruits among his creatures.

NET Bible

By his sovereign plan he gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

New Heart English Bible

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Noyes New Testament

Of his own will he begot us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Sawyer New Testament

Of his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruit of his creatures.

The Emphasized Bible

Because he was so minded, he hath brought us forth with a word of truth, to the end we should be a sort of firstfruit of his creatures

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Of his own choice he produced us by the word of truth, that we might be a sort of first fruit of his creatures.??19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Because he so willed, he gave us Life, through the Message of the Truth, so that we should be, as it were, an earnest of still further creations.

Webster

Of his own will he hath begotten us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Weymouth New Testament

In accordance with His will He made us His children through the Message of the truth, so that we might, in a sense, be the Firstfruits of the things which He has created.

Williams New Testament

In accordance with His will He made us His children by the message of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

World English Bible

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Worrell New Testament

Having willed it, He brought us forth with a word of truth, that we might be a certain first-fruit of His creatures.

Worsley New Testament

who hath of his own will begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Youngs Literal Translation

having counselled, He did beget us with a word of truth, for our being a certain first-fruit of His creatures.

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Of his own will
βούλομαι 
Boulomai 
will, would, be minded, intend, be disposed, be willing, list, of his own will
Usage: 31

begat he
ἀποκυέω 
Apokueo 
Usage: 2

us
ἡμᾶς 
hemas 
us, we, our, us-ward 9, not tr
Usage: 170

with the word
λόγος 
Logos 
word, saying, account, speech, Word , thing, not tr,
Usage: 256

of truth
ἀλήθεια 
Aletheia 
Usage: 87

that we
ἡμᾶς 
hemas 
us, we, our, us-ward 9, not tr
Usage: 170

should be
εἶναι 
Einai 
to be, be, was, is, am, are, were, not tr,
Usage: 97

a kind
τίς 
Tis 
Usage: 373

ἀπαρχή 
Aparche 
Usage: 8

of his

Usage: 0

Devotionals

Devotionals about James 1:18

Images James 1:18

Prayers for James 1:18

Context Readings

Testing And Tempting

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation nor shadow of turning. 18 According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of his creatures. 19 So that, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;



Cross References

1 Peter 1:23

being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the living and abiding word of God.

John 1:13

who have been born, not of blood, nor of flesh's will, nor of man's will, but of God.

Revelation 14:4

These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins: these are they who follow the Lamb wheresoever it goes. These have been bought from men as first-fruits to God and to the Lamb:

Jeremiah 2:3

Israel was holiness unto Jehovah, the first-fruits of his increase: all that devour him are guilty; evil shall come upon them, saith Jehovah.

Ephesians 1:12

that we should be to the praise of his glory who have pre-trusted in the Christ:

1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his great mercy, has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead,

Leviticus 23:10

Speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them, When ye come into the land that I give unto you, and ye reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest unto the priest.

Amos 6:1

Woe to them that are at ease in Zion and that are secure in the mountain of Samaria, the renowned of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come.

John 3:3-5

Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Romans 4:17

(according as it is written, I have made thee father of many nations,) before the God whom he believed, who quickens the dead, and calls the things which be not as being;

Romans 8:29-31

Because whom he has foreknown, he has also predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he should be the firstborn among many brethren.

Romans 9:15-18

For he says to Moses, I will shew mercy to whom I will shew mercy, and I will feel compassion for whom I will feel compassion.

1 Corinthians 4:15

For if ye should have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the glad tidings.

Ephesians 2:4-5

but God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love wherewith he loved us,

Colossians 1:20-21

and by him to reconcile all things to itself, having made peace by the blood of his cross by him, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, that God has chosen you from the beginning to salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Hebrews 12:23

the universal gathering; and to the assembly of the firstborn who are registered in heaven; and to God, judge of all; and to the spirits of just men made perfect;

James 1:21

Wherefore, laying aside all filthiness and abounding of wickedness, accept with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

1 John 3:9

Whoever has been begotten of God does not practise sin, because his seed abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.

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